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17th Jul '17 10:20:06 AM ChronoLegion
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* Oleg Makushkin's ''Crystalline Lattice'' has the world split up between two warring camps: the Cyberempire and the Gaian Republic (both totalitarian states). While the former attempts to achieve perfection through cybernetic implants and computer control, the latter seeks to live in harmony with nature and modify their own bodies (although they don't eschew non-computer technology). The citizens of the Republic are split into three classes: class A are specially-bred soldiers, who aren't really considered human anymore (they are roughly a match to their enemies' cyborg soldiers); class B are unmodified natural-born humans (all men are class B, as the Gaians have not yet been able to successfully produce a genetically-engineered male); and class C represent the majority of the population, being the tube-grown genetically-engineered "super"-females. It's stated that the Gaians have developed a SyntheticPlague that can wipe out any human being outside the borders of the Republic. This is used as a counter to the Cyberempire's [=WMDs=] in a Mutually Assured Destruction sort of way, which doesn't prevent both sides from engaging in conventional warfare. The Deidran faction within the Republic wishes to engage in more radical genetic modification than currently permitted and to release the virus onto the Cybernetics. The "status quo" faction wishes to keep things the way they are, but they're afraid of the Cybernetics finding out about the Deidran plans and deciding to deal the first blow.
25th Jun '17 7:31:24 AM CynicalBastardo
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* Downplayed in ''VideoGame/DeusEx''. The Denton brothers have been cloned and genetically modified, but this is to accept nano augmentation, which is the real innovation.
22nd Jun '17 3:05:31 AM Clare
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* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fandom contains a number of stories in which humans and Pokemon have their DNA spliced, usually by scientists working for Team Rocket or other organisations with questionable ethics.
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22nd Jun '17 2:54:04 AM Clare
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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' have several weaponized creatures scattered around both the titular games and the Capitol; like ferocious wasps with hallucinogenic venom and wolf "Muttations" with the faces of dead children.

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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' have several weaponized creatures scattered around both the titular games Games and the Capitol; like Capitol, including ferocious wasps with hallucinogenic venom and wolf "Muttations" with created to resemble the faces of dead children.tributes who died in the Seventy-fourth Hunger Games.
24th May '17 2:32:04 PM rjd1922
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** Retconned in ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'', where it's revealed that the ultimate source of these powers is extradimensional.
8th May '17 1:16:27 PM 20person
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* In the ''Utopia'' DLC of ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'', Biological Ascension allows you to add and remove genetic traits from different populations within your empire, allowing you to optimize their traits based on their environment and what you want their role to be and giving great flexibility when it comes to expansion and production. For instance, you could make your primary species more intelligent or allow a species that evolved on a desert world to colonize a predominantly tropical world. More sinister uses include making dissident or enslaved pops more efficient at gathering certain resources or even removing their ability to feel emotion, boosting their productivity and ensuring that they'll never rebel.
14th Mar '17 2:00:40 PM Getta
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May lead to BioAugmentation and {{Mutants}}. SuperpoweredGenetics may either come from this, or have a hand on the engineering overall.

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May lead to BioAugmentation and {{Mutants}}. SuperpoweredGenetics SuperpowerfulGenetics may either come from this, or have a hand on the engineering overall.
14th Mar '17 5:47:52 AM Getta
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14th Mar '17 5:47:50 AM Getta
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TechnologyMarchesOn, however, and gene splicing has replaced atom smashing as the most glamorous sciencey stuff: nowadays, many modern remakes of classic {{superhero}}es go with [[LegoGenetics Genetic Engineering]]. Be it a bite from a genetically engineered spider, or exposure to it in a freak accident, genetically engineered origins are the Phlebotinum for the 21st century. It is worth noting that in [[RealLife Real Life]] rarely are the effects of genetic engineering anything like those portrayed in speculative fiction yet.

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TechnologyMarchesOn, however, and gene splicing has replaced atom smashing as the most glamorous sciencey stuff: nowadays, many modern remakes of classic {{superhero}}es go with [[LegoGenetics Genetic Engineering]]. Be it a bite from a genetically engineered spider, or exposure to it in a freak accident, genetically engineered origins are the Phlebotinum for the 21st century. It is worth noting that in [[RealLife Real Life]] RealLife rarely are the effects of genetic engineering anything like those portrayed in speculative fiction yet.


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May lead to BioAugmentation and {{Mutants}}. SuperpoweredGenetics may either come from this, or have a hand on the engineering overall.
19th Jan '17 12:24:11 PM PDL
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* According to the Pokédex, Mewtwo was genetically engineered to be the most powerful Franchise/{{Pokemon}} ''ever''. Unlike [[GameplayAndStorySegregation most of what the Pokédex says]], this was unmistakably true, at least in Generation I. Not only was the [[GameBreaker/{{Pokemon}} Psychic-type]] a total GameBreaker, but Mewtwo had ''the'' highest base stat total of all 150+1 {{mon}}s at the time. Later generations have introduced Pokémon that surpass the Genetic Pokémon, but Mewtwo is still one tough bastard.
** [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Mewtwo later]] [[TookALevelInBadass takes back his title]] as the world's strongest Pokemon with his [[SuperMode Mega Evolutions,]] which are stronger than ''[[PhysicalGod Arceus.]]''
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', this trope is also the method in which Genesect was created.
** Attempted in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' with Type: Null, a Pokémon engineered from scratch by the Aether Foundation as a means of defense against {{Eldritch Abomination}}s known as Ultra Beasts leaking into Alola (and yes, Type: Null really is its name). They were unable to create a Type: Null able to match any Ultra Beast, however, so the project was deemed a failure and the Type: Nulls were put in cryostasis. That is, until the events of the game, when Gladion, a Team Skull operative who snuck out of Aether with one of the Type: Nulls, discovers its latent power and evolves it into Silvally, who actually IS an equal to the Ultra Beasts.

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* According to the Pokédex, Mewtwo was genetically engineered (from the [=DNA=] from Mew) to be the most powerful Franchise/{{Pokemon}} ''ever''. Unlike [[GameplayAndStorySegregation most of what the Pokédex says]], this was unmistakably true, at least in Generation I. Not only was the [[GameBreaker/{{Pokemon}} Psychic-type]] a total GameBreaker, but Mewtwo had ''the'' highest base stat total of all 150+1 {{mon}}s at the time. Later generations have introduced Pokémon that surpass the Genetic Pokémon, but Mewtwo is still one tough bastard.
** [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Mewtwo later]] [[TookALevelInBadass takes back his title]] as the world's strongest Pokemon with his [[SuperMode Mega Evolutions,]] which are stronger than ''[[PhysicalGod Arceus.]]''
Arceus]]''. Of course, where the Mega stones for the man-made Mewtwo came from isn't explained.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', this trope is also the method in which Genesect was created.
created. Its backstory is that it was revived from a fossil and fitted with a laser cannon. The project was officially scrapped by N due to what he perceived as "tampering with a perfect design", but a scientist continued the project and Genesect was the end result.
** Attempted in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' with Type: Null, a Pokémon engineered from scratch by the Aether Foundation as a means of defense against {{Eldritch Abomination}}s known as Ultra Beasts leaking into Alola (and yes, Alola. Three were, created and were initially called "Type: Full". Unfortunately, all three Type: Null really is its name). They Fulls rejected the RKS system and went berserk. Eventually they were unable to create a Type: Null able to match any Ultra Beast, however, so fitted with masks and the project was deemed a failure and the failure. Type: Nulls Full was renamed Type: Null and they were put in cryostasis. That is, until the events of the game, when Gladion, a Team Skull operative who [[spoiler: The son of The Aether Foundation President]] snuck out of Aether with one of the Type: Nulls, discovers its latent power and evolves it into Silvally, who actually IS an equal is able to properly control its power and can combat the Ultra Beasts.
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